Camp Enterprise, a business camp for high school students, is set for Nov. 2-4, 2017. This will be the 38th annual Camp Enterprise.
 
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs in Districts 5950 and 5960, which covers the entire Twin Cities area, Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day camp offering students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities focusing on the free enterprise system.
 
 
 
The camp is held at Camp Ihduhapi, in Loretto, Minnesota, about 30 minutes west of Minneapolis. With 120 students participating, the attendees are divided into teams of six to eight people and are provided a case study (or business). In “Shark Tank” fashion, the teams must develop a business and marketing plan to present to the venture capitalists (Sharks) on the last day of camp to secure financing for their business.

The weekend includes mentoring from Rotary volunteers with business experience, evening activities such as a “Family Feud” and a dance, and excellent speakers. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Isabel and Caroline Bercaw, teenage owners of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers (their product is in 7,000 stores); Randy Stenger, owner of Extreme Sandbox and past “Shark Tank” participant; and Ping Yeh, Minnesota Cup grand prize winner and CEO of StemoniXinc., which is in the Life Science Industry.

There is no charge for high school students to attend, as the cost of covered by area Rotary clubs. However, students must apply online at www.campenterprise.org and be accepted. The camp has sold out annually since 2015.
 
There is $5,000 worth of scholarship money awarded at the camp.

There are over 80 Rotary volunteers from the two districts who coordinate the camp. The Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club take the lead in organizing the camp each year.
 
For more information, visit www.campenterprise.org or contact planning committee chair Sam Thompson
of the Rotary Club of Edina at sthompson@transitionsib.com or 612-282-1750.
 
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